Synopsis: The story takes place on Mother’s Day in 1924. Fir Mr. and Mrs. Evan give their housekeeper, Jane Fairchild (Odessa Young), the day off, as the couple are set to go to their neighbour’s house to celebrate his engagement. The truth is Jane and the neighbour, Paul, have been having an affair for many years.
When you think of British love stories, they all seem to be the same to me after a while and need a strong script to stand out along with great performances from their cast, unfortunately, Mothering Sunday has none of those things going for it. It’s dryly paced to the extent it feels like you’re viewing a 12-hour-long limited series from the 1980s when television felt like a soap opera and not the golden age of television we live in now.
Maybe Mothering Sunday would have benefited from a low-key cast instead of adding some big names ala Oliva Coleman and Colin Firth to fill in a few seats at the cinema in a desperate attempt to appeal to a wider audience with Olivia Coleman getting recent recognition from Netflix’s The Crown. Mothering Sunday should have been a home run with its story, I’m sure the story outline for the film was fantastic to read. However, when I was viewing the film I couldn’t help but have multiple times finished, having given myself a few intermissions.
Overall, the acting feels like a stage play put on by the talent show’s top competition, It may work better on streaming when it gets to a streamer service eventually. I don’t see the purpose of going to the cinemas for Mothering Sunday or paying the $19.99 rental fee.
Overall Grade: 1/5 stars
Written By: AJ Friar